This is a legal thriller set in the USA and is totally different to the author’s Cormac Reilly series set in Ireland.
Hannah is a law student who schemes and lies to get herself into The Innocence Project at the University of Virginia. This project tries to prove innocence of wrongly-convicted prisoners but we’re not clear why Hannah wants to be involved until we start reading excerpts from her mother’s 1994 diary. It then becomes apparent that she is only interested in a single case but, even though she is obviously focussed on revenge, it’s not clear what her purpose is until there are some plot twists later in the story.
I didn’t find her a likeable character. Hannah is so full of righteousness about her self-appointed mission that she has no empathy for any of the other characters. She crashes through other people’s lives with abandon and doesn’t seem be aware of the negative impact she has. It’s all about Hannah.
This book is full of lies. Lies from Hannah, from her mother and from other characters involved in the events of the past. With so many of these, it’s challenging to know which are facts and this held my attention. Add in plot turns and this makes for a suspenseful read.
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for sending me The Murder Rule for review.
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